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Friday, June 19, 2009
Summer festival fever
Christoph Eschenbach @ Pacific Music Festival
By CHIHO IUCHI
The Pacific Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances by PMF Anniversary Orchestra, which boasts 66 young artists from various countries. Under the baton of German conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, the festival's former artistic director (1991, 1993-98), the orchestra holds special concerts featuring Beethoven's Violin Concerto in collaboration with German violinist Eric Schumann, and Symphony No. 2 by Schumann (1810-56) — the same piece as performed at the inaugural concert conducted by late great conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, who launched this educational festival in 1990. It has featured 2,400 young artists from 67 countries over the years.
Also check out: The PMF Orchestra will perform Mahler's Symphonies No. 2 conducted by Eschenbach and No.5 by Michael Tilson Thomas.
The setting: The festival is centered in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
When/where: The PMF Anniversary Orchestra performs July 6 at Sapporo Concert Hall, and July 7 at Tomakomai Shimin Kaikan. Mahler's symphonies will be performed at Sapporo Concert Hall (July 11, 25) and at Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage (July 12, 26). Thomas also performs at The Symphony Hall, Osaka (July 27); and at Suntory Hall, Tokyo (July 29). For more info check www.pmf.or.jp/index_en.html